French: Dicée à gorge feu German: Feuerbrust-Mistelfresser Spanish: Picaflores pechofuego
Nepal and Bhutan
Subspecies and Distribution
D. i. ignipectus
(Blyth, 1843) – Himalayas from Kashmir E to NE India (Arunachal Pradesh, Assam S to Mizo Hills), SE Bangladesh, and S & SE China (S Shaanxi S to SE Xizang, Yunnan, Hainan, Guangdong and Fujian) S to Myanmar, N Thailand, Laos, Vietnam (except C Annam and Cochinchina) and E Cambodia (Phumi Dak area).
D. i. formosum
Ogilvie-Grant, 1912 – Taiwan.
D. i. dolichorhynchum
Deignan, 1938 – Malay Peninsula.
7–9 cm; male 4–8 g, female 5·5–6·1 g. Male nominate race has crown and upperparts metallic greenish blue-black; face black; throat buffy white... read more
Calls include high-pitched buzzing “zeeep” or “bzeeep”, sharp metallic... read more
Montane forest, hill forest, subtropical evergreen and deciduous oak (Quercus) forests,... read more
Food and feeding
Fruits and nectar, particularly of mistletoes (including Scurrula rhododendricolus), figs (Ficus); also spiders (Araneae... read more
Laying Mar–Jun in India, Mar–Apr and possibly May in Nepal (where also fledgling in May), Feb and Apr–Jun in Myanmar, and... read more
Seasonal altitudinal movements; post-breeding descent in Himalayas, China and Taiwan, possibly also... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally common throughout much of its range; considered uncommon in Philippines. Occurs in many protected areas in all parts of range.
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